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Estadio Mineirao

A national treasure

Listed as a national monument of Brazil, the Estádio Mineirão was built in 1965 in Bela Horizonte. It is currently the second largest stadium in Brazil, but will be replaced soon by the Estadio Nacional, Brasilia. Belo Horizonte is the third largest metropolitan region of the country.

The stadium is owned by the state of Minas Gerais. Officially known as Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, the arena is fondly nicknamed as “Gigante da Pampulha", meaning the giant of Pampulha. This refers to the Pampulha region, where the stadium is situated.

Home to champions

The stadium is the home of two of the biggest names in Brazilian football: Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro, both former national champions. It is also famous for the loud, vibrant and festive atmosphere that is generated during the matches. Mineirao has already hosted the national team on several occasions. A number of key World Cup qualifiers are also played here including the matches between Brazil and Argentina during the World Cup qualifiers for 2004 and 2008 tournaments.. The stadium is undergoing a complete overhaul to be ready for the 2014 World Cup. It is also scheduled to host the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Renovation for 2014

Better spectator views and improving stadium accessibility were listed as prime targets for the stadium renovation. Sustainability is a core focus in all the work that is being carried out. Rainwater harvesting and recycling are also high on the agenda. A light weight tensile roof will also be added to the upper tier to provide shelter for the spectators.

An overall seating capacity of 64,000 is expected after the renovation. A total of four group stage matches will be played here. The groups involved are C, D, F and H. Round of 16 clash between group A winners and group B runners up will also be played in this stadium. One of the semi finals will also be hosted. The stadium was closed for renovation in June 2010 and is expected to be opened before the 2013 Confederations Cup.

 

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